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Authors Ripley B, Levin D, Kelil T, Hermsen JL, Kim S, Maki JH, Wilson GJ
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Journal J Magn Reson Imaging Volume: 45 Issue: 3 Pages: 635-645
Publish Date 2017 Mar
PubMed ID 27875009

3D printing facilitates the creation of accurate physical models of patient-specific anatomy from medical imaging datasets. While the majority of models to date are created from computed tomography (CT) data, there is increasing interest in creating models from other datasets, such as ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). MRI, in particular, holds great potential for 3D printing, given its excellent tissue characterization and lack of ionizing radiation. There are, however, challenges to 3D printing from MRI data as well. Here we review the basics of 3D printing, explore the current strengths and weaknesses of printing from MRI data as they pertain to model accuracy, and discuss considerations in the design of MRI sequences for 3D printing. Finally, we explore the future of 3D printing and MRI, including creative applications and new materials.5 J. Magn. Reson. Imaging 2017;45:635-645. Copyright © 2017 The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System